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Can you imagine a fisherman being president of the United States?

It's not so farfetched a dream, now is it? Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is Sen. John McCain's choice as running mate on the Reublican presidential ticket. And should the 72-year-old McCain be elected president, Palin would assume the reins should anything happen to the commander in chief.

If that happened, that would make a fisherman the leader of the free world. Palin fishes commercially for salmon in Bristol Bay, as does her husband, Todd, a lifelong commercial fisherman, who would become first gentleman.

What would life be like if a fisherman was president? Would the Magnuson-Stevens Act become fairer to fishermen if White House support and clout were available?

Would we see reversals of trade policies that allow vast quantities of seafood to be imported that squash dock prices? Would we see increased emphasis on and funding for more accurate stock assessments?

Would West Coast water policies be reversed to bolster the health of weakened salmon stocks? Would fisheries rationalization plans move to the back burner in favor of programs that would enable big- and small-boat fishermen to prosper?

Would the U.S. delegation to ICCAT have greater support and the muscle to ensure American swordfish and tuna fishermen get a fairer shake? Would we put more pressure on foreign nations to fish sustainably?

In short, would life get better for U.S. fishermen?

Maybe. It might be too much to ask the president to focus so much on fisheries-related matters. After all, there are pesky issues like the economy, energy prices, education, foreign affairs and health care that would likely fly higher on the radar screen.

Then again, maybe U.S. fishermen would receive more attention and help than they've gotten from presidents who lack a commercial fishing background.

National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 3/10/15

In this episode, Online Editor Leslie Taylor talks with Mike McLouglin, vice president of Dunlop Industrial and Protective Footwear.

National Fisherman Live: 2/24/15

In this episode:

March date set for disaster aid dispersal
Oregon LNG project could disrupt fishing
NOAA tweaks gear marking requirement
N.C. launches first commercial/recreational dock
Spiny lobster traps limits not well received

Inside the Industry

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker is required by state statute to appoint someone to the Board of Fisheries by today, Tuesday, May 19. However, his efforts to fill the seat have gone unfulfilled since he took office in January. The seven-member board serves as an in-state fishery management council for fisheries in state waters.

The resignation of Walker’s director of Boards and Commissions, Karen Gillis, fanned the flames of controversy late last week.

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Keith Decker, president and COO of High Liner Foods, will take over for the outgoing CEO, Harry Demone, who will assume the role as chairman of the board of directors. The Lunenburg, Nova Scotia-based seafood supplier boasts sales in excess of $310 million (American) for the first quarter of the year.

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